Do you ever watch the Canadian based home design TV show, Love It or List It with Hilary Farr and David Visentin?
How about the spin-off Love It or List It show filmed in Vancouver with Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot?
Most of us know that to a certain degree both of the Love It or List It shows are staged/fake at times, but they are still a lot of fun to watch. I do sometimes wish they would break away from the set “formula” they follow for every single show, it’s just a little too predictable.
I was excited to read that Hilary and David, the stars of the original Love It or List It show, are filming in the United States now. This season’s Love It or List It is actually filming just a few hours away from me in Raleigh, North Carolina.
One of the main reasons I enjoy watching the Vancouver Love It or List It with Jillian Harris has nothing to do with houses or design. I always love to see what she’s wearing. I love her style, she always wears the cutest clothes.
I wasn’t one bit surprised to find out her home is just as cute as she is. It has a very feminine feel which makes complete sense because she dresses that way, too. I wonder if it’s possible to predict how a person’s home is going to look based on how they dress? Wouldn’t that be an interesting study! I bet someone has done that study somewhere!
Jillian Harris’s Laneway Vancouver Home
Jillian lives in a type of home I’d never heard of before. Have you ever heard of a laneway house? Apparently, Vancouver is super populated and housing can be hard to come by, particularly if you want a detached home as opposed to living in an apartment.
Laneway houses are small homes that are usually built on pre-existing lots, sometimes in the backyard of another home or along a back lane. I guess that’s where they get their name. They are mostly popular in Vancouver but they are starting to appear in other highly populated Canadian cities.
The “City of Vancouver” website, describes a laneway home as “a smaller detached home located where the garage would normally go on a single family lot.” They can also be a good alternative for seniors who are thinking of downsizing but want their own space as opposed to living with family. Interesting concept, huh?
Jillian’s laneway house is darling…let’s take a tour! You’ll see lots of mirrors throughout Jillian’s home. The living room feels feminine in its design with colors of pink,white and soft gray.
I like how she mixes rustic pieces like the coffee table with more elegant furnishings.
This little stool adds a touch of whimsy to the living room.
If you read Jillian’s blog, you know she loves pillows! Notice how she completely transformed the look of her living room for Christmas by swapping out the pillows on the sofa.
I noticed a few different places where Jillian used a long, floor length mirror in her home. Here she has it resting behind a table. I never would have thought to do this but it’s an interesting idea!
The kitchen in her laneway home is small but efficient. I guess that’s the refrigerator/freezer we see below. Jillian is single although seriously dating someone (she may not be single long) so a small refrigerator is probably all she needs.
I love her dining area! Look at all that great dish storage! I wonder if the table was a desk in another life? I love the drawers, great place to squirrel away the flatware, napkins and napkin rings.
Jillian put together a beautiful table for Christmas! I’m guessing this area is open to the living room, notice how she stayed with green for the decorations. Beautiful!
I think this is probably the master bedroom.
I know Jillian must have additional storage somewhere for all the beautiful clothes she wears.
Jillian, inquiring minds want to know…where do you store all those gorgeous clothes? Be sure and check out her fashion section when you visit her blog. She has links at the end of each post sharing where she found the clothes she’s wearing.
I’m not sure where this space is in her home, but it appears to be an inset sleeping area…maybe a place to curl up with a book or magazine that also doubles as a guest bed when needed. Love the paint color!
You’ll find additional pictures of designer, Jillian Harris’s Vancouver home at her blog here: Jillian Harris.
Pssst: Jillian has a wonderful Easter table setting posted on her blog now! You’re going to love it!